2016 Transportation

Looking for travel tips for GHC? Check out our suggestions for air travel, ground transportation, getting around downtown Houston as well as parking information and directions to the George R. Brown Convention Center (GRBCC).

If you’re still not sure where to go, make sure to check out Houston’s Visitor Center!

Air Travel

There are two airports close to GRBCC. William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) and George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) both offer local and international connections.

Visit Fly2Houston for additional information on Houston’s airports.

William P. Hobby Airport (HOU)
William P. Hobby Airport, Houston’s second major commercial airport, is located 10 miles from GRBCC.

George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH)
George Bush Intercontinental Airport is Houston’s largest airport and is located 21 miles from GRBCC.

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Ground Transportation from Airports

Airports

William P. Hobby Airport (HOU): Visit the HOU Transportation page for a full list of options including taxis, rental cars and METRO buses.

George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH): Visit the IAH Transportation page for a full list of options including taxis, rental cars and METRO buses.

SuperShuttle

SuperShuttle is a shared-ride service. It takes longer than a taxi because these shuttles pickup passengers at multiple locations, but it is often more affordable, especially if you are traveling alone. Private limousines are also available. Pickup for SuperShuttle will be located outside of each terminal baggage claim area.

AnitaB.org has negotiated a discount for attendees.  Book reservations online.

Taxis
All rides traveling to/from the William P. Hobby Airport and within Houston’s city limits are charged according to the flat Zone Rate or the meter rate, whichever is less. Zone 1 serves the Medical Center area, Zone 2 is the downtown area, and Zone 4 is the Galleria area.

  • Hobby Airport: See its taxi page for hours, fee and rates to Zone 1, 2 and 4. Taxis are available at Curb Zone 3 outside of baggage claim on the lower level.
  • George Bush Airport: See its taxi page for hours, fees and rates to Zone 1, 2 and 4. Taxis are available outside each terminal.

Rental Cars

Each airport is served by rental car companies.

  • Hobby Airport: See a list of rental car companies who operate out of Hobby Airport. Rental car shuttles are available at Curb Zones 1A and 1B (closest to the terminal).
  • George Bush Airport: See a list of rental car companies available at the Consolidated Rental Car Facility, which accommodates all airport rental car companies, their rental counters and vehicles. Daily and weekly rates vary by company.

Zipcar
Zipcar allows users to rent a nearby car when they need access to it. Over 25 Zipcars are available for rent at 10 locations throughout Houston – primarily in the downtown, midtown and Greenway Plaza areas.

Public METRO buses
See Public METRO buses for schedules and routes. Service runs every day from approximately 5 a.m. until midnight. Purchase tickets in advance online.

  • Hobby Airport: METRO buses pick-up passengers at Curb Zone 13, outside baggage claim on the lower level.
  • George Bush Airport: METRO buses are available on the south side of Terminal C.

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Getting Around Downtown 

Conference Shuttle
GHC will provide complimentary shuttles from official GHC hotels to the George R. Brown Convention Center (GRBCC) and Toyota Center. Visit the Shuttle Page for route schedule.

Greenlink Buses
Greenlink is a free transportation service that operates in downtown Houston. Green Route buses run Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., about 7-10 minutes apart. Stop #13 is the one for GRBCC. Its new route – Orange – runs Thursday and Friday 6:30 p.m. to midnight, Saturday 9: a.m. to midnight and Sunday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., about every 10 minutes. Stop #17 and# 18 are for GRBCC.

Taxis 
Here are the numbers for taxis in Houston:

Fiesta Cab Co. …………….. (713) 225 – 2666
Liberty Cab Co. …………… (713) 695 – 6700
Lone Star Cab Co. ……….. (713) 444 – 4444
Yellow Cab Houston ……. (713) 236 – 1111

Note: For the fastest pickup, use the Yellow Cab’s Hail A Cab app or Lone Star Cab’s Curb app.

Public Rail System
METRORail offers convenient accessible service within the heart of the city between downtown Houston and NRG Park. You can purchase a day pass for use on METRORail and METRO buses for $3 a day. Purchase your ticket online.

Ride-Sharing Services
Uber – Houston was the first city in Texas to approve ride-sharing services including Uber. This alternative transportation company allows users to request a ride via smartphone app.

The Wave
The Wave is a hybrid between a taxi, limo and public bus, which shuttles folks around Houston’s primary nightlife areas. You can catch The Wave along its route. Call to see when and where the Wave will be arriving or pick it up at a designated free parking lot (southwest corner of Houston Ave and Memorial Pkwy as well as at Pizzitola’s on Shepherd). The Wave also offers private rentals with a concierge service.

Low-Cost Bike Share
Houston’s B-Cycle program has 21 racks stretching from Downtown to the Museum District. The bike-share program allows member users to checkout cruiser-style bikes free of charge for up to an hour and $2 for each additional half-hour.

Bus System 
METRO buses run mostly on city streets, stopping at every other corner along their routes. One-way fare is $1.25. Purchase tickets online.

Park & Ride
Park & Ride is for long-distance commuting. METRO’s 28 Park & Ride lots provide bus service to key destinations in the service area. One-way fare ranges from $2 to $4.50, depending on distance.

Six in the City: $6 Anywhere Downtown
Six in the City offers a flat taxi fare of $6 for all trips in the downtown area. This $6 fare will apply anywhere within the Central Business District, bounded by Interstate 45, Interstate 10 and U.S. 59.

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